A new era of Jacksonville State men's basketball began Friday with the team's first practice under head coach Ray Harper.
It was the first full-squad practice of the 2016-17 season for the Gamecocks. Under the direction of Harper in his first year at the helm, JSU looks to improve following an eight-win 2015-16 season.
"I thoguht the guys worked hard today," Harper said. "I saw some really good things today. We spent a lot of time on the offense today, but we will come back Sunday and flip it. We focused a lot on toughness and how hard we expect guys to play."
The 2016-17 roster features six returners, including All-OVC Preseason nominees senior Erik Durham and junior Malcolm Drumwright, along with nine newcomers. The Gamecocks return three starters from the previous year.
Jacksonville State hits the court Oct. 28 and Nov. 3 as it hosts Shorter University and Spring Hill College, respectively, for two 7 p.m. preseason exhibition games. The Gamecocks open the regular season on the road Nov. 11 at Tulsa.
(Courtesy: JSU Sports Information: www.jsugamecocksports.com)